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Degree Systems

Education and Skills written question – answered on 16th March 2006.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Shadow Minister (Higher Education), Education, Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to protect four-year mechanical engineering courses following the proposed three cycle degree system under the Bologna process.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Education and Skills

Four year courses leading to a Masters qualification exist in a number of higher education institutions in several scientific disciplines. I understand that they are popular with both students and employers. Decisions on whether or not to offer such courses are a matter for individual institutions. Provided these courses achieve learning outcomes that are equivalent to those of the more traditional Bachelors/Masters model, that they conform to the Bologna principles.

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